Apple’s new M1 Macs are out today, and have been put through initial tests and reviews. And they are monsters. There’s so much excitement in the tech world for what we’re seeing. Just as Yossarian might, you just have to let out a respectful whistle to what Apple has achieved here.
What to read:
What’s not good?
What now? What next?
News just in: Apple has announced an iOS App Store small business program: Apple will only take 15 percent, down from 30, for small businesses “earning up to $1 million per year”. Maybe the likes of Hey, and Epic's forceful lawsuit, really did shake Apple’s tree. More on what that means tomorrow.
🌈 Oppo Find X3 will launch in 2021 with novel color accuracy tech, true 10-bit color (Android Authority).
🗞️ What’s next for smartphone screens? More on Oppo’s rollable smartphone tech (Android Authority).
🤔 Leak: Google’s next Chromebook will apparently sport AMD chips. (Shame it’s not Apple silicon??) (Android Authority).
🎁 OnePlus is set to adopt 7 crowdsourced feature ideas in its smartphones, including ‘separate volume for each app and allow dual media playback,’ and ‘Lockscreen customization’ (Android Authority).
🏃♂️ Google Fit’s much-needed update includes new sleep tracking details and more (Android Authority).
📈 Google says Chrome 87 has the biggest performance boost in years. Loads of improvements promised, including better battery life for phones and laptops using the browser (Engadget)
🕊️ Fleets: Twitter launches disappearing tweets tool worldwide after testing in Brazil and India. These tweets last 24 hours (Reuters).
🍎 Apple’s MagSafe Duo is somehow less powerful than the regular MagSafe charger. Man, this $129 product is not a good product (The Verge).
🕵️♂️ FBI hires 140 robots to physically retrieve sensitive information — up and running by 2022 (ZDNet).
🎨 Adobe's Black Friday sale discounts Creative Cloud plans by 25 percent, for first-time subscribers only, however. (Engadget)
📆 Microsoft expects Xbox Series X shortages until April 2021 (IGN).
📉 Potential signs of life on Venus are fading as astronomers downgrade their original claims (it’s never aliens) (Science)
💉 “Why do the two COVID-19 vaccine candidates require different storage conditions?” Absolutely fascinating. (r/askscience).
There’s a fun new theory of why our dreams are so weird. To simplify things massively: dreams appear to be useful, so why do we dream such random nonsense? What does it all mean?
A new theory: Maybe dreams need to be odd to be useful.
I’m into this idea, and will continue serving up the useful, and the random!
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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